Eric English
April 1, 2009

As it should be, Ken derives most of his enjoyment by driving the '66, thus the sound system was a critical piece of the puzzle. To this end, he installed an Eclipse head unit, JL Audio amps, and a custom enclosure filled with Focal speakers and a JL subwoofer that takes the place of the stock trap door behind the rear seat. Should the instrumental tunes ever come up short, there's another sort of melody at Ken's beck and call in the form of the 347-inch small-block under the hood. While hardly groundbreaking stuff these days, the stroker is surely a powerful combination thanks to Aussie Pro Topline aluminum heads, Edelbrock/Holley induction, a Comp Cams retrofit hydraulic roller, MSD ignition, and FPA step headers, all backed by a Z-series T-5 trans and 3.89 geared 9-inch.

Performance mods didn't stop with the drivetrain, as the suspension and chassis received typical beefing, including convertible torque boxes up front, and the braking system was upgraded with Wilwood front discs and a dual-reservoir master cylinder. All these goods were put to use this summer when Ken hit an open track event put on by his local club, Mustangs Northwest. While the lap records at Pacific Raceways are still very much intact, Ken had the time of his life and fully realized the fruits of his labor. He says he'll definitely be back for more track activities, including some blasts down the 1,320.

Ken has clearly returned to Mustangs in a big way, and with one highly desirable restomod under his belt, he's moving on to its stablemate--a '65 coupe. With a family of four still under his roof, such efforts don't come without considerable understanding on the home front. Likewise, the fastback project opened Ken's eyes to a resource that wasn't present during his Mustang experiences in the late '70s--the Internet. In particular, Ken praises the participants at Vintage Mustang Forums (www.vintage-mustang.com) for all their help--not just in words, but with hands-on help via local members, many of which have become good friends. Sounds like a perfect ending to us: supportive family, great cars, and good friends. Who could ask for anything else?

The Details
Ken Holden's '66 Mustang fastback

Engine

  • 347ci stroker
  • '66 289 block
  • Eagle 3.40-inch cast crank
  • Eagle SIR I-beam rods
  • SRP forged flat-top pistons
  • Pro Topline aluminum heads, 2.02/1.60 valves, 180cc intake port, 64cc chambers
  • vHolley 670-cfm carb
  • Edelbrock RPM Air-Gap intake
  • Comp Cams 281HR hydraulic roller, 0.512-inch lift, 220-degree duration at 0.050
  • Crane 1.6 roller rockers
  • MSD Pro Billet distributor and 6AL ignition

Exhaust

  • {{{Ford}}} Powertrain Applications step headers (1 5/8 to 1¾)
  • Flowmaster 40 series 2½-inch mufflers

Transmission

  • Tremec T-5Z five-speed, 2.95 first gear
  • Lakewood scattershield
  • Spec Stage II clutch
  • Hurst billet shifter

Rearend

  • 9-inch
  • 3.89 gears
  • Detroit Locker

Suspension

  • Front: Upper control arms lowered 1¾-inch, Pro Motorsport negative wedge kit, Street or Track adjustable strut rods, KYB shocks, Prothane bushings, export brace, Monte Carlo bar
  • Rear: Five-leaf reverse eye springs, KYB shocks, Total Control Products subframe connectors, underride traction bars

Brakes

  • Front: 11-inch Wilwood four-piston Dynalite discs w/Wilwood proportioning valve
  • Rear: factory drums

Wheels

  • Front: Intro Exposed 5 Series Vista, 17x8-inch
  • Rear: Intro Exposed 5 Series Vista, 17x8-inch

Tires

  • Front: Nitto NT450, P225/45ZR17
  • Rear: Nitto NT450, P225/50ZR17

Interior

  • Painted dash
  • deleted dashpad
  • white-faced gauge appliqués
  • APC steering wheel w/Grant quick release
  • custom door panels
  • '85 BMW/Recaro seats w/custom upholstery
  • custom sub/speaker box
  • Eclipse head unit w/AM/FM/CD/MP3
  • JL Audio amps - {{{300}}}/4 and 250/1
  • Infinity (3-inch) and Focal (6-inch) speakers
  • JL Audio 8-inch sub

Exterior

  • PPG polyurethane base/clear
  • custom medium blue metallic w/silver ({{{Nissan}}} Chrome Silver)
  • Fiberglass Specialties cowl hood
  • Maier Racing fiberglass decklid and endcaps
  • Tony Branda front valance